In 2009, Evangelist Shawn Lawler felt God directing him to give back to the streets of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that for years he had helped corrupt with drugs and crime. Like he had once been, people all around him were trapped and dying in the pain and hopelessness of life without Christ. Shawn knew that he had to do all he could to introduce everyone to the Savior who had forever changed his own life. And as he drove up and down the streets of South Philadelphia, searching for people to minister to, an incredible vision was born: a vision for Jesus Christ block parties.
Jesus Christ Block Parties: Step by Step, Street by Street is the remarkable story of how one man’s dream to take the Gospel to the streets evolved into a powerful, evangelistic effort unlike any other ministry. But behind the inspiring story lies a challenge: a call to every Christian, in every church throughout the United States, to follow Christ’s Great Commission: to preach the Gospel and make disciples – one life, one family, one street at a time – through the practical ministry of Jesus Christ block parties.
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In 2009, Evangelist Shawn Lawler had a vision to organize what has become known as "Jesus Christ Block Parties" -- free, community outreach events designed with one primary goal: to proclaim the Gospel throughout the streets of Philadelphia.
Jesus Christ Block Parties
Taking the Great Commission to the streets, one block at a time
Since the first block party was held on the 300 block of Gladstone Street, the ministry has continued to grow in popularity and success. Jesus Christ Block Parties not only features free food, live worship, a prayer ministry, and kid-friendly attractions such as face painting, a moon bounce and water slide, but also offer resources for those in need of drug and alcohol rehabilitation, donations of care packages, clothing, and men's and women's showers for the homeless, and a back-to-school backpack giveaway for children in need. Water baptisms and infant dedications are also performed for anyone who wishes to publicly declare faith in Christ.
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"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit..."
Matthew 28:19 NIV
2018 was the year we celebrated more than 10 years in ministry! Now, more than 10 years later, God is still changing lives through the ministry of Jesus Christ Block Parties -- and it continues to be our mission to take the Gospel into all the world through street evangelism, in accordance with Christ's commands to "go and make disciples of all nations" (Matthew 28:19).
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